THE EAST IS RED, THE SUN IS RISING..
Sailing the seas depends on the Helmsman.” CCP revolutionary song.
WHILE the world divides like World Cup fans deciding who supports China over Taiwan or not, a major crisis exists far closer to home. PNG, Australian and now NZ peacekeepers have deployed to Honiara to assist Solomon Islands police deal with internal political dissent, although that is a simplistic description of a complex situation.
Senior Papua New Guineans are deeply troubled by events in the Solomons, which forms the southern part of the island chain that includes Bougainville, formerly a PNG province and now an independent republic.
In exactly the same way fluid family relationships exist across the Australian – PNG border in the Torres Strait, so boundaries originally established by accidental colonial history mean nothing to people related by blood in the whole Solomons Islands chain.
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